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The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston Q&A and #BookGiveaway #LadiesInDefiance

Are you a fan of Amish fiction? Did you know that Amy donated a kidney that helped save her husband’s life?

A big hello and warm welcome to Amy Clipston! Learn more about her own personal story and her fictional ones too. 😉


Please check out the other giveaways going on at my site ———————————->


You have been writing Amish fiction best-sellers for a while now! Have you picked up any super-secret and wonderful kitchen tips or recipes you can share?

After reading my book The Forgotten Recipe, several folks have asked for my recipe for raspberry pie. I’m happy to share my dear Amish friend’s recipe.  Enjoy!

Black Raspberry Pie

2 unbaked pie shells

Bring 2 quarts of water to boil

Meanwhile, moisten 1 cup *Therm Flo with ¾ cup water

Whisk together, then whisk into boiling water

Add ¾ cup sugar

Remove from heat and add one quart fresh raspberries

Pour into pie shells (don’t overfill, you may have extra)

Top with pie crust; cut holes in dough to allow steam to escape

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour

*Therm Flo is a modified food starch derived from waxy maize. It is used in canning and freezing home-prepared foods as a clear thickener.

In The Gift of Love, you share your personal story of making the sacrifice of donating one of your kidneys to help save your husband’s life. Did this experience give you a small view of what Jesus did to save mankind?

Wow!  I had never thought of my kidney donation in terms of what Jesus did for us. I had the opportunity to give a kidney to my husband’s donor’s wife, meaning that I gave to a woman, and on the same day, her husband donated to my husband.We swapped kidneys with another couple. I’m honored and thankful I had a chance to donate a kidney and help the family that touched my family so deeply.  When I donated my kidney, I helped two little boys get their mother’s health back, and, in turn, their father gave my sons my husband’s health. We blessed each other, and I’m grateful God gave me the opportunity to be a part of the kidney donation.

How does someone even get started with becoming a blood or organ donator? Are there other ways people can get involved to help?

If you are healthy and interested in donating blood, then you can contact your local blood bank. Be sure to ask about restrictions as far as medications you may take.

As far as becoming an organ donor, the first step you can take is choosing to be an organ donor when you renew your driver’s license.  If you want to be tested as a possible kidney donor for a friend or loved one, you should contact the recipient’s kidney transplant doctors and find out how to get tested. A simple blood test will find if you are a match.

Is there a favorite quote from The Courtship Basket you can leave us with?

The following Scripture verse has a special significance in the book: 2 Corinthians 1:7: And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

The verse really spoke to me, and I hope that it touches the hearts of my readers when they read the book.

Years ago, a picnic basket brought two hearts together. For Rachel and Mike, history may be about to repeat itself.

Rachel Fisher is devastated when the young man she’s loved for years leaves her to date her best friend. Her heart is broken, and she has all but given up on love. Rachel is determined to keep her mind off the pain, and she starts teaching at an Amish school for children with learning disabilities.

Since his father became ill, Mike Lantz has been overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing for his family and caring for his six-year-old brother, John. When John joins Rachel’s class and she learns that his mother is deceased and his father sick, she desperately wants to help the family, even with something as simple as a meal.

With her parents’ old picnic basket, Rachel begins sending food to the Lantz family. As the weeks go by, John’s grades start to improve, and the attraction grows between Rachel and Mike. They can’t deny that their friendship is growing toward something more, but both of them are hesitant to risk a more serious relationship.

The last thing Rachel wants is another heartbreak, and Mike is worried about providing for his loved ones. Will the two be able to reconcile their past hurts with new hope for the future?

The Giveaway

Thank you so much Amy, and as a bonus, she has offered to giveaway a copy of The Courtship Basket to one lucky winner. Due to shipping costs, the winner must have a US address. Enter through the Rafflecopter below:

The giveaway will run through July 12, 2016 and the winner will be announced on July 13.


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